The rumors are pretty unpleasant: That Marvel upper management wants to de-emphasize the X-Men as a brand, thanks to the Fox movie deal, and substitute the Inhumans in their place.  If true, it’s a pretty mercenary move, and there is already a vocal backlash against the Inhumans’ place in the All-New All-Different Marvel.  With the news that the eponymous film has been removed from the Marvel Cinematic Universe release schedule, there are some who think the game is up, that Marvel and Fox are about to reach terms (as they did with Spider-Man’s movie rights), with the expectation that our favorite weird royal family will go back to their previous semi-obscurity, leading to today’s Mooninite query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) really thinks that the whole thing can still work, but is starting to feel a bit of fatigue, asking: Are you willing to accept the ascension of the Inhumans to prominence in the Marvel Universe?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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7 Comments

  1. May 8, 2016 at 12:18 pm — Reply

    Sure. At worst, it can be a welcome breather after some thirty years of not-so-natural mutant prominence.

  2. May 8, 2016 at 12:39 pm — Reply

    Yeah, if they manage to make them interesting somehow. So far, only Inhumans I’ve ever cared about in the least are Black Bolt and Medusa. And only one of them even has any lines and its pretty hard to deliver any substantial message from a character who doesn’t speak in a comic book. We don’t have the advantage of body language same way as in theater or film.

  3. May 8, 2016 at 1:45 pm — Reply

    I’m fine with it. The Inhumans have a ton of potential, and they have some intriguing characters among their ranks (Always been a fan of Lockjaw myself). Put them in the right creative hands and they could very well become as relevant as I always thought they COULD be.

  4. Daniel Langsdale
    May 8, 2016 at 5:59 pm — Reply

    No, I’m old enough that this feels like trying to fit a square Kirby outre peg into a round Claremont mutant hole.

  5. Bob
    May 9, 2016 at 10:47 am — Reply

    It would be nice to see them do something that ties the current media together — TV (Agents of Shield), Movies, and Comics. I would welcome the Inhumans taking precedence, but I would also like to see the X-Men come back under Marvel’s film guidance.

  6. Sam
    May 9, 2016 at 11:05 am — Reply

    In the cinematic universe, every character added is both an exciting opportunity and a major risk that the whole thing might collapse in on itself. I feel somewhat wary of dropping the entire X-men cast into Marvel’s universe.

    Regarding the comics, I’ve come to reading comics late in life and neither the X-men nor the Inhumans have tempted me to pick up their titles. I think I prefer narratives that are focused on a smaller cast where the story isn’t necessarily about a world-ending event or a massive battle that levels a city. I’m sure there are some X-men titles from the back catalog that might be more personal and take bold risks with character development. Maybe, some of you might be able to point me to the right trades.

    If the Inhumans in the comics are anything like Agents of Shield, how are they any different at all from mutants, besides origin? Why not just lump them together and have them form their own political party. Surely there are enough mutants and inhumans in the US and Europe that they could affect public policy as a large voting block.

  7. Ian
    May 11, 2016 at 9:39 pm — Reply

    Mutants have been boring for a few decades. Prefer they are toned down considerably. I always thought the Inhumans worked best as a small hidden society, though.

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